Thu 30 Aug 2018, 12:28
What to watch on DStv this week: 31 August to 6 September
Is deception a virtue or a vice? It appears it depends on who you ask. In a new series aptly titled Deception is Cameron Black, the world's greatest illusionist. He is recruited by the FBI to use his skills of deception to solve high-profile cases and bust criminals.
Whilst on that deception note, premiering this week is a show called American Woman about a woman who discovers that her husband is having an affair amidst the rise of feminism in the 70s. The unconventional mom decides to leave her marriage and raise her two daughters on her own. An HBO documentary about “The King of Rock n’ Roll”, Elvis Presley will be aired on M-Net called Elvis Presley: The Searcher.
International series this week
American Woman, Friday 31 August at 22:00 on M-Net (Ch 101) and streaming live on DStv Now
A new, challenging life awaits Bonnie Nolan after she discovers her husband is having an affair. Amid the rise of second-wave feminism in the 1970s, the unconventional mom decides to leave her marriage and raise her two daughters by herself. It's a struggle, she feels like she's, 'just woken up in someone else's life', but with the help of best friends Kathleen and Diana, the ladies each create their own brand of independence in a rapidly changing world that frowns upon it.
Starring Alicia Silverstone as Bonnie and Mena Suvari as Kathleen, the comedy series is inspired by the real-life upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards, who started life as a child star in Little House on the Prairie and a series of horror films like Jon Carpenter's Halloween but is currently best known for being in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Deception, Monday 3 September at 19:00 on M-Net (Ch 101) and streaming live on DStv Now
Cameron Black is the world's greatest illusionist. At least, that's what people used to call him - before his greatest secret was exposed and his career destroyed. But soon, he is recruited by the FBI where he uses his skills of deception to solve high-profile cases and bust criminals. Think The Mentalist meets Dynamo - it's a magical experience!
Local series this week
Sy klink soos Lente, Saturday 1 September at 20:00 on kykNET (Ch 144) and streaming live on DStv Now
(She Sounds Like Spring) is about Ben, a mechanic at a car dealership in Johannesburg, and Linda, a beautiful and brainy redhead. Linda and Ben's paths cross one evening and he recognizes her as his boss's daughter but she doesn't know who Ben is. There is an instant connection between them and in an attempt to hide his identity, he tells her that he is in a band. This innocent lie threatens to expose Ben when it turns out that they like each other more than anticipated. As a result, he decides if he's going to be good enough for Linda, he needs to live up to his lie. He makes up his mind to pursue a dream he neglected years ago and starts a band with two of his co-workers. They enter a battle-of-the-bands competition, but soon to realize that a music career is rather daunting. And what will happen when Ben's real identity is revealed to Linda?"
The Throne, Mon-Thurs at 19:00 on Mzansi Magic (Ch 161) and streaming live on DStv Now
Queen Mosadi is shocked when Odirile ambushes her and demands she gets off the throne to let her take over. Moseki assures Dipuo it’s only a matter of time before she is made Queen. Sephiri is hurt to discover Mosadi is breaking the one rule she’s forced her children to abide by. Moseki has an idea for how they can fund Dipuo’s political ambitions, and it’s just as ugly as everything he’s thought of before.
Movies this week
Murder on the Orient Express, Sunday 2 September at 20:05 on M-Net (Ch 101) and streaming live on DStv Now
When a murder occurs on the train he's travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case. Directed and starring Kenneth Branagh, listen out for Michelle Pfeiffer singing "Never Forget" over the closing credits of the film. Michelle Pfeiffer described the making of the film as "deceptively challenging" due to the nature of the period and the language used during that era.
Soufra, Sunday 2 September at 20:30 on Sundance TV (Ch 108) and streaming live on DStv Now
South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68-year-old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives-- Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them-- they look to start the first refugee food truck. Their journey is one of many ups and downs but it is the community that is built, their sense of hope and how they see themselves that makes this a moving, touching film about their journey. Mariam has been known as 'the crazy lady' and now she will show just how crazy she is.
Elvis Presley: The Searcher, Friday 31 August at 19:00 on M-Net (Ch 101) and streaming live on DStv Now
This three-hour, two-film HBO presentation Elvis Presley: The Searcher, focuses on Elvis Presley the musical artist, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. Featuring never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide, and an original score by Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready.
The World's most Expensive Toys, Monday 3 September at 21:00 on BBC Brit (Ch 120) and streaming live on DStv Now
From rocking horses covered in over 82 000 Swarovski crystals to £25 000 doll's houses, this documentary meets the craftsmen and inventors creating toys for the children of Britain's super-rich.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Tuesday 4 September at 22:00 on Comedy Central (Ch 122) and streaming live on DStv Now
Great new guests will be joining Trevor Noah on The Late Show as he takes an irreverent look at the state of the country he calls home and its effect on the world. Kenya Barris, creator and executive producer of Black-ish kicks off the new month with Trevor on the 4th.
The Resort, Thursday 6 September at 21:00 on BBC Lifestyle (Ch 174) and streaming live on DStv Now
This time around Jordan's back, and he's put his pulling days behind him to concentrate on a new girlfriend and a new promotion - he's the Head Rep or as he puts it 'King', and under his regime there's uniform inspections and toilet scrubbing duties. Mini muscleman, Deano, has also returned, bronzed as ever but a little lighter in the girlfriend department - after a whirlwind romance with former boss Imogen.
He's returned single, but he's already starting to mingle with new good time girl Ellie - she's got the hots for our hunk, but both Jordan's 'no falling in love rule' and Imogen's shadow loom large."
US Open Tennis, Friday 31 August at 17:00 on SuperSport 1 and streaming live on DStv Now
Serena Williams, who is aiming for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title at this year's US Open, was handed a difficult path to the final after being drawn in the same quarter as older sister Venus and world No. 1 Simona Halep.